Group Certification Field Dialogue

Group Certification Field Dialogue


PEFC International, PEFC Germany, Certification Experts and the Forest Owners Associations are organising the 3rd biannual event with a small group (max 25) to:

  1. Showcase innovative large-scale group SME certification systems, including the role of the national governing, accreditation and certification bodies to deliver sustainable forest management and chain of custody.
  2. Explore synergies with regulatory and non-regulatory use of quality infrastructure such as PEFC and other trade initiatives such as FLEGT, especially the SVLK system of Indonesia.
Group Certification Field Dialogue agenda 175.75 KB

The Field Dialogue takes place the weekend before PEFC Forest Certification Week 2019, held in Würzburg, Germany. The first day will provide an introduction to Germany's forests and group certification, along with a field trip. Sunday is dedicated to action planning between countries in order to share innovations in group certification and quality infrastructure.

Participation in the Field Dialogue is free, but attendees are required to pay for their accommodation. PEFC will arrange the hotel for the two nights, which is expected to cost approximately 250 EUR.

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Our group certification field dialogues

This trip to Odenwald Forest is the third in our series of group certification field dialogues. Two years ago, 25 representatives from 10 countries travelled to Finland to learn about the country's long history of small private forest owners, well-established associations, sustainable forest management practices and PEFC certification through group certification. 

The first field dialogue was in 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Over the two-day event, delegates from Cameroon, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam received first-hand knowledge from the Spanish national forest certification system (PEFC Spain), Regional governments, forest owners, companies and service providers.


09 - 10, November 2019

09:00 - 16:00 (UTC+2)

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Odenwald Forest

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Richard Laity

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